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post #3496 of 7318
The illusion of demand outstripping supply is a very useful tool for high-end mfrs. It is a great way to keep prices from eroding. The real masters of the technique can give the illusion that there is a shortage even as warehouses are filling with product - just ask Apple... wink.gif
post #3497 of 7318

New Top Gear Series 20 Trailer

Check it out.

post #3498 of 7318
Hmm - I wonder what they are doing with the Oracle America's Cup boat. Maybe Larry Ellison is a TG fan??
post #3499 of 7318
Thread Starter 
Ferrari scored a massive coup at the Int'l Engine Awards, grabbing the two top spots in the Performance area and each winning in their respective size categories. Well done Fezza. smily_headphones1.gif McLaren and Porsche also did well, grabbing top honors for their sizes as well. Overall champ, however, is the 1.0L 3-cyl Ford EcoBoost, getting the nod for their little engine that could.

http://www.ukipme.com/engineoftheyear/index.php

If you haven't seen this, you should, it's really amazing stuff. cool.gif

Geez, listen to those wastegates. STFU and take my money! eek.gif
post #3500 of 7318
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

Ferrari scored a massive coup at the Int'l Engine Awards, grabbing the two top spots in the Performance area and each winning in their respective size categories. Well done Fezza. smily_headphones1.gif McLaren and Porsche also did well, grabbing top honors for their sizes as well. Overall champ, however, is the 1.0L 3-cyl Ford EcoBoost, getting the nod for their little engine that could.

http://www.ukipme.com/engineoftheyear/index.php

If you haven't seen this, you should, it's really amazing stuff. cool.gif

Geez, listen to those wastegates. STFU and take my money! eek.gif

It still amazes me how they manage to extract 200HP in a 1.0L 3 Cylinder engine. Sure it has help from a turbo but it's just a turbo from a 1.6L Ecoboost engine. That engine sure has loads of potential

 

The big question is: BAC Mono or Formula Ford? Hmmmmmmmm.....

The BAC Mono has a more beautiful and cleverer design but the Formula Ford has a better packaged engine.

post #3501 of 7318
Ford couldn't sell it in California for several reasons. Here is just one:
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26700. (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), a passenger vehicle, other than a motorcycle, and every bus, motortruck or truck tractor, and every firetruck, fire engine or other fire apparatus, whether publicly or privately owned, shall be equipped with an adequate windshield.

(b) Subdivision (a) does not apply to any vehicle issued identification plates pursuant to Section 5004 which was not required to be equipped with a windshield at the time it was first sold or registered under the laws of this state, another state, or foreign jurisdiction.

Section 5004 is about special plates for "Vehicles of Historic Value" - so that would not apply.

Also, there's this one:
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24400. (a) A motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, shall be equipped with at least two headlamps, with at least one on each side of the front of the vehicle, and, except as to vehicles registered prior to January 1, 1930, they shall be located directly above or in advance of the front axle of the vehicle. The headlamps and every light source in any headlamp unit shall be located at a height of not more than 54 inches nor less than 22 inches.

Hmm - the headlights look high enough (maybe), but I don't think they are "located directly above or in advance of the front axle".

I won't even get into the bumpers, airbags, emissions, etc, etc... tongue.gif
post #3502 of 7318

So that means that track day cars such as the Caterham R500, the Ariel Atom and the KTM X-Bow, BAC Mono are banned in California?

Isn't a helmet good enough for protection?

post #3503 of 7318
Thread Starter 
Stupid US lawmakers. We allow motorcycles, which are pure death traps (in Ca they even legalized lane splitting), some states don't even require helmets for God's sake, yet a 4 wheel vehicle with a safety belt is deemed unsafe? The most dangerous production car is 10x safer than any crotch rocket. We have the most witless legislators in the entire world, bar none.
post #3504 of 7318

Their main concern is getting re-elected, rather than actually doing what they are supposed to be doing.....and I'll stop there, before Warren has to come in and shut the topic down. wink_face.gif

post #3505 of 7318
Thread Starter 
Huh? Provided there's not mud-slinging, I don't mind if someone mentions something political, we just need to maintain civility towards each other. cool.gif
post #3506 of 7318
The rental car I had in Texas last week would automatically lock the doors when I started the engine. It would not unlock the doors until I turned-off the engine - even if I put it in park, if the engine was running, the doors stayed locked. I could unlock them manually, but what a pain in the @ss.

Of course, the other crazy thing is that not only do we have all these rules and restrictions for equipment - there is also a law that says I must have a liability insurance policy and proof of "financial responsibility" that must be shown to a police officer upon demand.
post #3507 of 7318
Thread Starter 
Yeah, auto locks drive me ape schiit. But so do most other nanny devices. I wouldn't be surprised if the death of the manual transmission is due to gov't pressure to dumb-down cars for the "public good". A guy I know at Nissan was claiming that 3 years ago but I waved it off, maybe I should have been paying closer attention? mad.gif



http://kids.woot.com/offers/deluxe-mini-play-cube-3

Is there anything more awesome for a toddler? Seriously. My kid's going to go nuts over it. I can't believe I just found out about Anatex, they're going to be getting a lot of business from us.
post #3508 of 7318
Thread Starter 
The DeLorean in the Smoky Mountains nat'l park.




It looks so cool, but the performance is really tragic. We're going to fix that, though, we can make it better, stronger, faster! biggrin.gif
post #3509 of 7318

When you say,"really tragic", just how slow is it? 

post #3510 of 7318
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

The DeLorean in the Smoky Mountains nat'l park.




It looks so cool, but the performance is really tragic. We're going to fix that, though, we can make it better, stronger, faster! biggrin.gif


Alpine A310 it aint. Hamstrung by a powerplant it coulda been a contenda!

 

Curiously enouogh One drove by me just yesterday. I'll be expecting a Bricklin any time noweek.gif

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